Botswana has sent a new battalion comprising 362 soldiers from different specialities to the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado to help in the fight against the insurgency, according to Botswana’s Defence Minister Thomas Kagiso Mmusi.
Mmusi told parliament that so far Botswana has sent 1,338 armed forces to Mozambique since 2021 when it started deploying troops within the scope of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM). The 326 soldiers are part of the fourth contingent of Tswana troops sent to Mozambique.
Mozambique Insights understands that coordination between the various sets of militaries in Cabo Delgado has been infective at best, especially with regards to intelligence sharing.
Observers believe that increasing deployments without sorting out the issue of coordination and sharing of intelligence might continue to impact negatively on the effectiveness of the troops on the ground.
The hope is that the various militaries share improve coordination and effectively share intelligence.
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